With their terms of office beginning, the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County will usher in a new eGovernance initiative, BoardDocs. The initiative begins with their December 2 meeting. The electronic program will not only save time and resources, but also provide public access to meeting agenda items and related documents and information via the county’s website.  

At the conclusion of each meeting individuals can review the agenda items and see what action the commissioners took, complete with voting results.  All documents associated with the meeting are automatically archived and can be accessed by meeting date or by using the system’s comprehensive search feature.

An added feature will be video linking by agenda item. Meeting videos posted to the county’s YouTube channel will be linked to BoardDocs providing quick access for citizens to view the video portion of a related agenda items. Individuals will no longer need to scroll through long sections of online video to search for the item they would like to view.

“We are pleased to announce this new initiative,” said former Commissioner President Jack Russell. “Lowering costs and increasing efficiency is important, but we were especially proud of the increased transparency that will provide a basis for even better and more open communication with the public.”

BoardDocs can be accessed at www.stmarysmd.com by clicking on the BoardDocs icon, located on the row directly below the Tourism banner on the county’s homepage. Individuals can also access the program directly at http://www.boarddocs.com/md/stmarysco/Board.nsf/Public.